Adventures in Queensland: 28 Pictures to Spark Your Wanderlust

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When people think of adventure in Australia, they imagine trekking through the dry outback in rough conditions. But Australia also has an exotic, tropical side, for adventurers seeking more water-related or rainforest activities.

Tropical North Queensland offers myriad of nature and activities that surpass all others, laying claim to the world’s longest reef, the oldest rainforest in the world, and the world’s oldest civilization. How can you top that?

You’ll run out of time before you run out of things to do in northeast Queensland. Here is a pictorial journal of 28 that should not be missed.

WITH TREPIDATION

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1.  Yikes!

First of all, get used to driving on the “wrong” side of the road…and don’t hit any kangaroos!

ON THE ISLAND

Fitzroy Island is “where the rainforest meets the reef,” reachable by a 45-minute ferry from mainland Cairns. The 833-acre private island freely accessible to the public.

2.  Snorkeling

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The crystal clear water at Welcome Bay is perfect for snorkeling and for underwater photography. No sharks, but consider wearing a stinger suit.

3.  Hiking

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97% of the island is covered in tropical rainforest and perfect for hiking to the summit for a stunning birds’ eye view of the beach or to the Secret Garden where you can commune with hundreds of butterflies.

4.  Kayaking

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Sea kayaking is a great way to explore remote and hidden beaches and coves along the calm waters in front of the island over to Little Fitzroy Island.

5.  Nudey Beach

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Aha! Fooled you, didn’t I? Once a clothing optional beach, Nudey is no longer a naked beach. Strewn with huge boulders giving it an otherworldly look, it is worth the hilly trek from Welcome Bay.

AT THE ESPLANADE

6.  Night markets

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The night markets are the best place to find your Australian souvenirs. They have the largest variety and cheapest prices than you’ll find in other venues.

Read the rest of the adventures in Queensland in my HuffPost article!

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Comments

  1. that looks awesome. How sketchy was Nudey Beach though? Every Nudist beach I have heard of has really old ugly wierdos walking around from what locals tell me.
    sign me up for snorkeling though! that looks awesome
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    • luggageandlipstick says:

      It’s no longer a nude beach, as I said in the article. Do try the snorkeling — it’s fun!

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